Various – Numusic Vol 3

April 13, 2014 in Singles

Numusic Vol 3 UM RecordsNext up we have this six-track sampler from the ever-dependable UM Records.

Yigit Atilla’s No Excuses is an object lesson in how to do dubbed-out deep house properly. Tidy Daps’ The Lie plays with classic Chi-Town deep house tropes, overlaying sumptuous piano and spoken vocal samples, while Olej & Stereoteric’s End Of March (presented here in Toxez Remix form) is a laidback n’ lazy late night gem. ReadyMix boss Big AL gives us Grace which is aimed straight at weary 5am floors, its drifting synth washes and barely-there snatches of vocal underpinned throughout by rock solid drums, before Da Funk (of Acryl Music fame) comes with Soul Knights, a more funktified, warm-up kinda cut, and then finally Dilby’s Starting Over is one for truly locked-on dancefloors to lose themselves in.

Big AL and Yigit Atilla vie for top honours if pushed, but really this is excellent stuff all round… from a label from whom we expect nothing less!

Out: This week

About: Find UM Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Soul Sway – The Grand

June 8, 2013 in Singles

Soul Sway The Grand UM RecordsLastly for tonight, some typically high-calibre deep house vibes from New Zealand’s UM Records.

It’s a three-track, five-mix affair. The title cut, served up only in its original mix form, is a moody little chugger essentially comprising simple midtempo percussions, heavy surging bass and lashings of space-y, trippy FX (oh, and a heavily reverbed “one of those nights” vocal snip). Cosmic Bandit is a slightly more uptempo affair with rolling, terrace-friendly percussion and synth chords that just don’t stop, and comes accompanied by an even more uplifting, Balearic-sounding rerub from my boy Daniel Kneubühler, AKA Acryl Music boss Da Funk. Finally, MMX is a sparse, percussive workout with lots of aquatic sounds, and a little too percussive for me, truth be told… but that’s okay because Deephope’s lush, late-night remix of the same then turns out to be my pick of the whole EP.

Overall, a very checkable EP with tracks to suit a range of styles… and set-times.

Out: This week

About: You can find UM Records here, here and here (Soundcloud, Facebook, web)

DeJean & Bach – Space Odyssey EP

March 12, 2013 in Singles

DeJean & Bach Space Odyssey EP Acryl MusicWasn’t I just saying something about late-night voyages into inner space? Well, here’s another one to add to your soundtrack for said journeys!

Three tracks, four mixes in total, with label boss Da Funk TC of remix B on the title track. But yes, the story with all three/four is pretty much sofa-surfing, driftaway deep house bizniss with light proggy tinges around the edges… just as track titles like Trip To Mars and Back To Earth would lead you to expect!

Not much else to say really, but Acryl Music do late-night smokin’ house vibes better than most, and this is the label at their best so you can’t go wrong, really.

Out: A couple of weeks back on Beatport, but I was busy then… everywhere else as of Friday (March 15)

About: You can find Acryl Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website (among other places, not the least of them being Switzerland of course!)

So many tunes, so little time 35

December 31, 2012 in Singles

Here we are then, the last day of 2012. And for once, what with it being Xmas and hence a quiet week for releases, I actually got through most of the stuff I wanted to tell you about last week… but here are a few other bits n’ bobs that are worthy of your attention.

Claes Rosen Starlight Spring Tube

First up is Claes Rosen‘s Starlight. You may remember this spangly, Balearic-leaning and slightly poppy nu-disco gem from a Spring Tube V/A sampler back in the spring… if not no worries cos it’s now getting a full single release complete with new mixes from Acryl boss Da Funk, Latvia’s Blood Groove & Kikis and Chile’s Aerotek. For deeper thrills, it’s the BG&K and Da Funk rubs you want to be heading for.

Georgia Cee Soul World EP Soul Town Records

Next, the Soul World EP comes from Georgia Cee and is the first release on a brand new Italian label called Soul Town Records. Georgia was ‘discovered’ by Timmy Regisford and has worked with Quentin Harris, which should give you a pretty good idea what to expect here… as the hype sheet says, “fans of Shelter and Body & Soul, rejoice”! Of the EP’s four Latin-tinged cuts, Fallin’ Down stands out for me.

Losing Rays Ir.Replaceable Incepto Smooth

On an even mellower tip, Ir.Replaceable comes from Losing Rays on Incepto Smooth, and is a beautiful slice of downtempo/ambient electronica topped off with a blissed-out female vocal… with B-side Touch venturing even further into all-out ambience.

Lyle Quach Check This Out Yellowjax

At the other end of the spectrum, Lyle Quach is a producer you can always count on for some jacking deep/tech house grooves and Check This Out is no exception. Pascal Daze’s remix goes a little harder/techier, Aldo Del Rey’s a little deeper, so a range of floors should find it in themselves to move to this one, which comes on New York’s Yellowjax Recordings.

Agari Tachi Malicious Section 8 Dub

Finally, a couple of nuggets on a D& B/dubstep tip. Coming on Section 8 Dub, Agari Tachi by Malicious is as deep, dark and minimal as it gets, and definitely worth checkin. B-side Peter Kurten collab Mitochondrion is a little too hard and industrial-sounding for these ears, but not to worry because there are more deep, minimal D&B delights to be found on the Tenderness EP by Mechanical Pressure, a two-tracker coming from the ever-checkable Plush Recordings.

Mechanical Pressure Tenderness Plush Recordings

And that, dear readers, is it for 2012. I’d do some big end-of-year spectactular but, y’know, places to go, people to see, etc. So it just remains for me to wish you a most exuberant NYE and I’ll see you on the other side… and DO check back tomorrow cos I’ve got some very exciting news for ya.

Happy new year!

Da Funk – The Last Dance

July 24, 2012 in Singles

Da Funk The Last Dance Acryl Music

As I said yesterday, there are still some bits from last week to catch up with but for now gonna crack on with this week’s releases, otherwise we could be playing catch-up forever…

First up today then is this latest from Switzerland’s Acryl Music, which sees label boss Da Funk serving up two slices of laidback, summery, feel-good house music. There’s no great reinventing of the wheel going on, admittedly: it’s pretty much typical summer fare but with the Ibiza/festival season upon us there’s always a need for tracks like these. Not much else to say really!

Out: This week

About: You can find Acryl Music at their website, on Facebook and on Soundcloud… you can HEAR THIS at the latter

Tim Andresen – Whatcha Want

June 5, 2012 in Singles

We were just talking about DeepWit main man Alvaro Hylander only yesterday. Now here he is again, this time remixing fellow Danish producer Tim Andresen – himself no stranger to this blog thanks to the output of his own splendid What Happens label.

Tim’s original mix of Whatcha Want is a deep and dreamy affair, with fragile percussion, minor piano chords and chopped, stuttered whispered vocal snips sitting atop pads that go on forever and ever… and then some. Acryl boss Da Funk – who we also mentioned yesterday, it’s a small world this deep house lark innit!? – maintains the late-night, spacey feel but utilises more insistent and slightly wonkified drums, his mix slowly building into something altogether more dramatic, while Alvaro’s rub with its straight-ahead 4/4s is probably your best bet for dancefloor play, though even then you’re gonna be looking at specialist floors only.
Uncompromisingly deep shizzle as ever from DeepWit, coming from some of the most respected names on the scene.
Out: This week
About: Usual DeepWit links, then… website Facebook Soundcloud

Da Funk – Clavia Aurea

February 12, 2012 in Singles

Based on a rolling, tribally-inflected rhythm that sounds a little like Yeke Yeke played at 33, this latest from Switzerland’s Daniel ‘Da Funk’ Kneubühler comes not on his own Acryl Music but on Florida-based Dutchie. Think deep house with hints of prog, plenty of energy and an uplifting, euphoric feel.

There’s just the one mix so, er… that’s it, basically. But yeah, this is cool.
Out: This week
About: You can find Dutchie on MySpace, while there’s more on Da Funk at his own website (where you can currently HEAR THIS) and Facebook page.
**UPDATE** Since posting this, I’ve been informed the full release WILL have three remixes… more info on those if and when….

Da Funk – Need For Faith

December 9, 2011 in Singles

Some deep and groovy house vibes for you here on Switzerland’s Acryl Music, courtesy of label boss Da Funk and an impressive cast of remixers.

The Original of Need For Faith is a floaty, slightly proggy instrumental affair. Pete Moss’s remix is just a little more stripped-down and echo-y, Elmar Schubert’s rub adds a little organic funk and swing and is perhaps the pick for the deep house floors, Q-Burns Abstract Message brings out the track’s late-night qualities on his mix, while finally a rub from UK deep house legend Si Brad sticks fairly closely to the original but adds even more of a blissed-out, ‘dancing in Ibiza as the sun comes up’ kinda feel.
Very solid stuff all round.
Out: This week
About: Acryl Music has long been a favourite of TIWWD so show some love! The link takes you to their main website and here’s a Facebook link as well. Oh yeah… and this would appear to be their 50th release as well, so congratulations to Daniel and co, here’s to 50 more!

Da Funk – Words To Say EP

November 23, 2011 in Singles

Da Funk, AKA Daniel Kneubühler, takes time out from running Acryl Music to deliver a three-tracker for the legendary i! Records.

Words To Say itself is a drifty cut for late dancefloors or afterhours listening, sitting right on the deep/prog border and featuring pads that go on forever. Humpin’ The Boonies is a more rousing, floor-oriented affair, while What’s Up takes a more cinematic approach, like a late-night ride through a dystopian future citycape.

All three are well worth checking. Keep ’em coming Daniel!
Out: This week
About: i! Records’ main online home these days seems to be their Facebook page. For more info on Da Funk and Acryl, meanwhile, visit their website, Facebook or Soundcloud pages

Da Funk – Zurich, Switzerland

January 30, 2011 in Albums

Apparently this is the fifth DJ mix comp in a series called Dutchie Worldwide, but I must confess it’s the first I’ve seen, or heard. No matter though, cos I can think of few better places to start than with a set by Acryl Music boss Daniel ‘Da Funk’ Kneubühler, who here presents a 13-track journey through various shades of deep house.

With cuts from Harold Heath, Jay Tripwire and Joeski, plus Acryl faves like Stan Kolev, Timo Camillo and of course Da Funk himself, it’s the proverbial ‘thing that requires no brain’, really. Here’s a Beatport player (if it works, never posted one of these before):
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and here’s a link to the Da Funk website just in case the player doesn’t show up in your browser for some reason.

Out: Now
About: This is on a Florida-based label called Dutchie Music – here’s their MySpace and here they are on Discogs (no mention of Dutchie Worldwide 1-4, you’ll notice, but I’m pretty sure it’s the same label given the artists involved)